Friday, 18 August 2017

SugarPea Designs Light Bulb Moment

I'm on the SugarPea Designs Blog today with my weekly Light Bulb Moment.

 This week we're looking at tips for creating cards inspired by a photo (like when you want to play along with the SugarPea Designs Mix it Up Challenge, for instance!)

Thursday, 17 August 2017

AJVD - Be-Leaf in Yourself

I'm on the A Jillian Vance Design Blog today with this fun starburst technique using a mask and Distress Inks.

Also linking up to Time Out #90 where the theme is Autumn.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Release Day

 The Counting Blessings Stamp of Approval collection is available now to Wait List members and it's looking like it's selling out quickly! It's not surprising - a box full of this much goodness is sure to be extremely popular!

Here are two more cards I made with this amazing collection of goodies:

Stamps: Bloomin' Bouquet, Autumn Blessings
Inks: Lime Rickey, Melon Ice, Bellini, Fiesta Blue, Party Dress, Sweet Sixteen, Midnight

Stamps: Leaf Motifs, Autumn Blessings
Dies: Tags, Etc.
Inks: Black Jack, It's A Girl, Tiki Torch

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Muse Challenge #229 - Get Well Soon

Here's my card for this week's Muse Challenge, where Tracey has given us a fun, whimsical inspiration:

I focused on Tracey's:
-blue background
-colour scheme

I have the hippos, and they haven't seen any ink yet, but I didn't want to be too close to Tracey's card, so I squinted and blurred my eyes and decided to focus on the colours of the balloons and use this pretty bunch of tulips. I chose a very grey-looking green for my stems, to kind of incorporate the grey of the hippo. I did not emboss my sentiment in white on black because that is a skill I do not have! lol! But I placed it in a similar position. Finally, I masked and sponged some pale blue in the background and added some Stickles for sparkle.

I used:
-Clearly Besotted Delightful Day Additions

Monday, 14 August 2017

Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome to Day 2 of the Stamp of Approval Counting Blessings Blog Hop. You should have come from Kristie's blog (full blog list below). 

Oh, wow, this collection is absolutely stuffed FULL of amazing products - it includes basics that you will use all the time as well as some amazing season-specific goodies. I couldn't stop making cards with these incredible stamps, dies and stencils!

If you’re new to Stamp of Approval – click here to check out everything you need to know about this amazing collection of Stamps, Dies and other goodies.

You can WIN your Stamp of Approval Collection!

THREE commenters will be chosen at random from all the comments on all the blogs (one each day). The more blogs you comment on, the better your chance of winning!
Entries close on THURSDAY, August 17 at 9AM EST and will be announced on Catherine's blog later that day.
If you have already purchased a box, you will receive a $100 gift certificate towards your next purchase.

Let's move on to some cards so you can see some of the stamps, dies and stencils included in this fabulous collection!

Stamps: Autumn Blessings, Good Things
Dies: Thankful, Tags, Etc.
Stencils: Geo Trio, Marching Leaves
Inks: BlackJack, Midnight, Rockin' Red, Tutti Frutti, Orange Twist, Tiki Torch, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Aquatini (links below)

For this card, I used a fun ghosting technique with the Marching Leaves stencil. I created the top 'bar' with the chevron portion of the Geo Trio stencil and a stitched rectangle die from Tags, Etc. Next, I blended ink onto watercolour cardstock, then laid the stencil over it before misting with water. I left it for about a minute before pressing paper towel onto it. I just love how well these vibrant Catherine Pooler inks react with water! Here's a quick video of the process:

Stamps: Bloomin' Bouquet
Dies: Tags, Etc.
Ink: Midnight, Fiesta Blue, Lime Rickey, Tiara, Tiki Torch, Tutti Frutti (links below)

For this card, I used one die repeatedly (a 3x4 grid of tiny hearts) and popped it up over a blended rainbow. I used the same scalloped rectangle die as the first card, but only on one edge. Clean, simple but lots of impact!

Stamps: Bloomin' Bouquet, Leaf Motifs
Ink: Black Jack, Party Dress, Tiara (links below)

For this card, I stamped the bunch of daisies 5 times to create a larger flower. I cut a circle and sponged pink and yellow ink for my flower centre.

Today's Blog Hop:

Saturday, 12 August 2017

FS549 - Thanks

Congratulations to this week's Featured Stamper, Sharon (aka shendrian).

There are so many amazing cards in Sharon's gallery, that I had a hard time choosing an inspiration this week - I ended up with two!

This one

and this one:

Card 1:
I focused on Sharon's:
-black and white colour scheme
-thanks theme
-circle elements

I changed:
-added a rainbow
-shape and size of the card

(also linking up to Ellen Hutson's Mix it Up Challenge with Avery Elle).

Card 2:
I focused on Sharon's:
-blended background
-white layer with yellow flower

I changed:
-no dry embossing
-added a sentiment

I used:

MCV 83 - Card 1

Here's my first card for this month's Muse: ChristmasVisions challenge, where Cornelia has provided 4 inspiration cards for us:

There are 3 ways to win prizes this month, so I hope you'll pop over and check it out - and play along with us. I've made a card inspired by each of Cornelia's cards and I'll space them out over the month.

I focused on Cornelia's (top left card):
-use of kraft
-use of washi (and positioning)
-tilted element
-gingerbread theme

I used:
-Doodlebug Santa Washi